Spices near Swarg Ashram
What to buy: Some stalls near Swarg Ashram sell pretty high quality spices at low prices. Cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and caraway come to mind. Though the bags sit in the open all day they still pack a punch to the olfactory nerves.
What to pay: They sell per tiny glass, around Rs20-30. You can bring it down if you buy more.
- Food and Dining
Shops & stalls @ Lakshman Jhula: Support the local community!
Around Lakshman Jhula Bridge (both sides) there are many shops and stalls.They sell local craft, clothing and shoes. Lots of brassware is also on sale everywhere. Trinkets and ornaments , religious and otherwise, were for sale at really cheap prices.
There are also quite a few shops that sell Ayurvedic medicines and oils.
What to buy: Clothing
What to pay: HAGGLE
- Historical Travel
Very good clothing bargains
What to buy: Some excellent quality clothing will be found here, with prices cheaper than Delhi. Nehru shirts and Khardis are a particularly good buy, as most tourists go for the Yoga style clothing. Orange Buddhist t-shirts, with or without images are widely available at knock down prices. If you're travelling in winter, then there's a good range of warm Nepalese clothing on sale. Copy music CDs are available at most Internet cafes, featuring every genre from Tibetan chanting to Reggae. Don't be afraid of trying the freshly squeezed green orange juice sold on almost every corner, a fabulous re-hydration solution for the hot and humid summer days. If you are a little squeamish then take your own cup, you can buy metal travel cups, very cheap, in downtown Rishikesh. You may need to buy an umbrella, if you're travelling in July or August as the afternoon downpours can be very heavy. Downtown Rishikesh is the best place to buy any practical item.
What to pay: The prices here are really knock down, so don't hammer them even lower.
- Budget Travel
Laxman Jhula market: good daily wear in Rishikesh
What to buy: Ethnic trendy clothes from street side stalls.
What to pay: You can shop a lot for 1000 bucks provided you know how to bargain!
Street stalls: Puja's strings: Rudraksh mala
A string made of Rudraksh tree's nuts.
Used for Puja, the Hindu ritual of prayers and gifts to God.
As much as the units are small - the better is the quality and price is higher.
- Religious Travel
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